It's always good to spread one's wings;
At “meet-ups” one learns many things
Chance encounters - no man's land
New names, new faces - all unplanned.
It can be awkward at the start
As lots of nations now take part
But many languages are spoken
So nervous ice is quickly broken.
Job seekers, émigrés brand new
And lonely singles form a queue
For coffee or a cup of tea
And wonder who else there will be ...
We've all got gifts which we can share
Experiences both rich and rare
It's like a stock exchange; we trade
Knowledge - not money I'm afraid!
But making links is where it's at
Here people come to have a chat
It's question time – no holds are barred
Would you like my business card?
Social networks such as these
Work in varying degrees
For just two hours once a week
It pays to come along and speak!
Brussels is so proud to be
A cultural mix - a pot pourri
Whether European or U.S.
All go away with more not less!
(c) Poet in the woods 2015